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Horse Tracks: Coming to terms with the reality of Paxton Lynch

After Saturday night, there’s no question who the regular-season starter is going to be. Now what?

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Who is going to be Denver’s quarterback going forward?

Coming into the season, Paxton Lynch looked as though he was poised to snatch the starting position from incumbent Trevor Siemian.

As we saw on Saturday against the San Francisco 49ers, that has not and likely will not happen before the season starts. I know, one game does not a quarterback make and the guy is still young. Despite the dwindling excuses for why Paxton should be given yet another chance to prove himself, we all saw precisely where Lynch is in his development and it’s not good.

Truth be told, Siemian didn’t razzle-dazzle either. He was competent and moved the ball nicely given the short fields he was presented with, but that was all it took to make Paxton Lynch look like an interloper in a Broncos uniform.

Frankly, I think Lynch’s window in Denver may be closing before his very eyes. The chances are few that he could be cut going into the season, but where is that defining play that saves his butt from the chopping block? The kind of play that causes you to rise from your couch and pump your fist in the air and yell, “That’s OUR guy!”

It doesn’t exist.

One thing we know for sure is that John Elway hates to lose. If Lynch doesn’t quickly prove himself in some capacity, he may be on the outside looking in. If not this season, you can bet it may be next year when Chad Kelly is healthy and ready to compete.

HORSE TRACKS

LOOK: Here's the play where Paxton Lynch lost the starting job to Trevor Siemian - CBSSports.com
All signs point to Lynch, the former first-round pick, not beating out Siemian in Denver

Trevor Siemian gains edge in Denver Broncos QB competition - AFC West- ESPN
With the Broncos hoping to name a starting QB before their third preseason game, Trevor Siemian looked a notch better than Paxton Lynch vs. the 49ers.

Lynch starts, Siemian throws TD as Broncos beat 49ers 33-14 - NY Daily News
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Paxton Lynch led three scoring drives in his bid for the starting quarterback job, Denver forced four turnovers in the first half and the Broncos beat the San Francisco 49ers 33-14 on Saturday night.

Trevor Siemian has beaten out Paxton Lynch in Broncos QB competition
Paxton Lynch underwhelmed Saturday night, and it's time to officially stamp Trevor Siemian as Denver's starter once again.

Chronology of Broncos QB Competition: How it will lead to Siemian | 9news.com
KUSA—To date, it has filled the entire 2017 calendar year.

Trevor Siemian appears to have won Broncos QB job again - The Washington Post
Even though coach Vance Joseph isn’t saying it, the steady and solid Trevor Siemian appears to have won the Denver Broncos’ quarterback derby for the second straight summer.

Trevor Siemian thinks he's earned Denver Broncos starting QB job - Denver Broncos Blog- ESPN
"I'm not the coach, but I think so," Trevor Siemian said when asked if Saturday's performance made him a clear choice over Paxton Lynch as Denver's QB.

Shanahan expects 'everyone in our building to be pissed off' after loss to Denver | NBCS Bay Area
Just minutes after the 49ers' loss to the Broncos, Kyle Shanahan was fuming. A day later, was still holding the team to a high standard.

Redskins activate TE Jordan Reed (toe) off PUP list - NFL.com
Washington is taking the bubble wrap off Jordan Reed. The star tight end has been activated from the PUP list, the team announced Sunday. Reed had been placed on the list due to a toe injury.

Frank Serpico, others from NYPD, rally in support of quarterback Colin Kaepernick
Frank Serpico, a former New York City police officer whose claims of police corruption in the 1970s were chronicled in an Al Pacino movie, joined dozens of current and former officers Saturday at a rally in support of QB Colin Kaepernick.

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Jordan Matthews says he's 'extremely confident' he'll be ready for season-opener
Despite fracturing his sternum in practice last week, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Jordan Matthews said Sunday he is "extremely confident" he will be ready to play in the regular-season opener against the New York Jets.

Le'Veon Bell expected to stay away from Pittsburgh Steelers through Week 3 of preseason
Le'Veon Bell is expected to stay away from the Steelers for Week 3 of the preseason, a source told ESPN, but the source would be surprised if Bell isn't back shortly after that.

Cowboys growing concerned about Kellen Moore as No. 2 quarterback – ProFootballTalk
The Dallas Cowboys are finally realizing that which many have known for months: Kellen Moore may not be the ideal understudy to Dak Prescott at quarterback. Clarence E. Hill Jr.

Deshaun Watson: I did a decent job – ProFootballTalk
Texans rookie Deshaun Watson only completed three of the 10 passes he attempted against the Patriots on Saturday night, but he ran for a touchdown and a couple of those passes went for big gains that set up 10 Houston points while he was in the game.

DeMaurice Smith rips 'greedy' owners, says Roger Goodell 'lied' about conduct changes - CBSSports.com
The NFLPA executive director comes out out firing in a 'Real Sports' segment

Jets reportedly told Josh McCown to not talk to media about not playing - CBSSports.com
Why didn't McCown, the presumed starter, play Saturday? The Jets don't want you to know

Anquan Boldin says he's retiring less than two weeks after signing with Bills - CBSSports.com
Boldin, 36, who ranks ninth in career receptions, is calling it quits after 14 NFL seasons